Update 0.24: Welcome on Board

August 12, 2019
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Despite summer temperatures, fantastic weather and the holiday feeling, we have been working very hard over the past few weeks to further develop our software.

With today’s update, we have mainly focused on the many small bug fixes which we hope will make our users’ daily work easier and simplify complex processes.

Dashboard: The new look & feel gives you a better overview of your work!

The dashboard in the page builder is not only the place where new users first land; it is also meant to give you a good overview of the state of affairs. All parts of our software are constantly updated with new features. In addition, the design is often improved to make your work easier.

In all of this, the dashboard has fallen a little by the wayside. Our old dashboard didn’t really meet all the conditions mentioned above that are required for a good dashboard.

Screenshot of the old mobfish VR STUDIO dashboard
Screenshot of the old mobfish VR STUDIO dashboard

Plenty of text, a few functions but not a lot of relevant information!

With the new version, we have completely revised the mobfish VR STUDIO homepage and made it more user-friendly.

Screenshot of the new mobfish VR STUDIO dashboard
Screenshot of the new mobfish VR STUDIO dashboard

In our eyes, the dashboard should not be a place where app settings are adjusted. Instead, it should serve as an overview indicating the current state of things and if there is any news.

The first element of the dashboard is intended to help new users of our software to plan the next steps. For the time being, we have considered five steps that are simple and, at the same time, guide the user in the right direction when it comes to creating the app.

In the future, we also want to create a small tutorial video for each step. This should explain to newcomers what it means to create several scenes and what you can do with them.

Progress section of the VR STUDIO dashboard
Progress section of the VR STUDIO dashboard

The new analytics element gives you a good idea of how extensive your experience has already become.

Instead of only on a monthly basis, traffic statistics are now recorded daily and made available to you on the dashboard. This should give you an overview regarding when and to what extent your media – and therefore your app – is used.

Analytics section in the mobfish VR STUDIO dashboard
Analytics section in the mobfish VR STUDIO dashboard

Clearly arranged quotas should show you at a glance how much quota is still available to you in the individual areas.

Quota section in the mobfish VR STUDIO dashboard
Quota section in the mobfish VR STUDIO dashboard

We are increasingly working towards making sure that information in the area of Virtual Reality is easy to access. For this reason, we are currently focusing on our blog on which we always seek to create up-to-date and high-quality content.

That’s why our blog has been given a larger section of the dashboard. This way, you can see what’s new at a glance!

Android app signing like a boss

We already introduced the AAB bundles from Android in version 0.23, which will be mandatory in the Google Play Store in the future.

After initial discussions with our users, it quickly became clear that the process was far too complex. Without further ado, we optionally decided to run all parts of the app signing process on our servers.

From version 0.24, anyone who wants to can create an Android keystore directly in mobfish VR STUDIO, sign their app and export the encrypted certificate to Google. To get an idea of how easy this is, we have created a short video for you:

Android app signing explained!

In addition, the AAB files have now become the standard export for Android apps. Whoever wants to can still export the old APK files. This is particularly useful if the apps on the Android Store are to be loaded directly onto the devices (sideloading).

If you want to know more about Android app bundles and the benefits they provide, have a look at the following microsite from Google. https://developer.android.com/guide/app-bundle

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